Saturday, October 10, 2009

Trophy by Alex Smith! (not the 49er!)

Our friend, car guy and professional sculptor, Alexander Smith, has created this beautiful Picnic Choice award trophy this year! You have to see it up close--it's really a work of art.
The Picnic Choice award is chosen every year by the organizers of the Picnic to be given to a really outstanding and interesting car. Any participating car is eligible to win this award!

For more of Alex's work, check out

Friday, October 9, 2009

Important things to know about the Picnic

Another update because we keep getting the same questions from people over and over!

-First we'd like to thank the folks at Steele Rubber Products for donating two awesome prize packs to the raffle and to Pissed Off Pete for donating a sweatshirt & t-shirt too!

Important things you need to know about Sunday:
- The admission is $30, no exceptions. There is no guest list, no comps. We had to raise the fee so we could pay OUR fees to throw the Picnic. This is the only way we could even have the Picnic this year. On top of paying the fees, we will still benefit the Developmentally Disabled. We are a nonprofit organization who hosts this Picnic because we feel it is important to help out our Disabled friends and neighbors AND we love the event!
- NO MODERN CARS. We have a very strict permit and cannot allow modern cars into the show. If you do bring one, you will be turned away. This is an OLD Car Show.
- Please don't try to sneak in to avoid paying or to bring in your modern car. This is about respect. We hope that you respect what we are trying to provide for our Bay Area classic car community. It's not easy to plan this event and when people do this, it's very disrespectful.
- RESPECT the Park. In this age of digital cameras and instant internet access, if you decide to show off by doing donuts on the lawn or anything else that puts our permit at risk, a photo of your behavior might end up online as the "person who ruined it for everyone...." We also have the SFPD and Park Police to enforce the law.
- No vending! The City requires us to immediately report vending to the Park Police.
- Our rules are in place because we have to have them. If you aren't into them, no one is forcing you to attend.

This is a 21 year San Francisco tradition that welcomes all people with a good attitude! The Picnic is organized by family and friends who really love the event and work VERY hard to make it happen; we are not rich and we do not make money off this event. There's nothing else like it in San Francisco!
Jimmy's 21st Annual Old Car Picnic
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, SF
Sunrise to Sunset
$30 admission for vehicles 1972 and older for details
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Why the year limit?

We've been getting ALOT of people asking if they can bring their modern cars to the Picnic, especially cars from the 2000s.
We are car people, we love all kinds of cars, and if you've ever been to Jimmy's, you would have seen a huge variety of cars, but they all have one thing in common--they are OLD! That is why we are called the Old Car Picnic and we have a cut off date of 1972.
We love seeing what people do with their modern cars--they are cool, interesting, and creative, but we have a really strict permit and need to be able to have room for vehicles that make the year cut off.
Thanks to those who have checked in advance if they can bring their modern cars, as we will not allow modern cars into the show. If you were planning to bring your modern car, or know someone who is, please know that modern cars will be turned around at the gate. BUT they will be welcome to park on JFK Drive, overlooking the Meadow, where parking is free and public. If you have any questions about this, please let us know. Thanks for understanding!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Raffle Prizes!

We always have a nice raffle at the Picnic. Participating vehicles will receive raffle tickets in their entry packets, but we'll have them for sale to everyone at $1 each and 6 for $5. Look for people walking around selling the tickets. If you get tickets in your packet, you will also need to put half into the raffle box.

The raffle is usually held at 2:00 or 2:30 at the antique fire truck that's parked towards the center of the Meadow. The fire truck will sound the siren when it's time for the raffle. Remember, you must be present to win!

We'd like to thank the following donors for their great prizes!

Bob Fields--A night at the San Remo Hotel, SF
Thrasher, Slap, & Juxtapoz Magazines-- t-shirts, sweatshirts, all kinds of goodies
NHS-- Independent Skateboard Trucks t-shirts and accessories and Santa Cruz Skateboard decks
Kristi Chatham at Betty's Race Garage-- crystal & silver wrench earrings
SF Park & Recreation Nursery-- large houseplants
Dan's Chevron, SF-- cases of oil
Mel's Diner on Geary Blvd., SF-- t-shirts
Pissed Off Pete- Born & Raised in San Francisco sweatshirt & t-shirt

We'll update the list as we get more confirmed donations!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Comp'd Picnic admissions

We are disappointed to learn that some people have been bragging that they sneak into the Picnic....or they say they are a close personal friend of Jimmy's....or they have connections to Thrasher-- just so they don't have to pay the admission donation of $30.
So if your friends are telling you there are, that's not okay.

The Picnic is run by a nonprofit organization that gives the proceeds to the Developmentally Disabled. The organizers do not profit off this event-- and that's part of the reason why it's lasted so long! We try to keep the Picnic fee as low as possible so the widest variety of people can bring their cars out for a day of fun--so you can see the cars of rich people and the not-so-rich. When people have paid $X for their vehicle's paint job or tires, and don't want to throw in $30 to help support the event and the Disabled, well, we think that's saying something about them....

This is also an OLD Car Picnic--we don't have a problem with your 80s, 90s, 00s cars--there just isn't room for them and we have a very strict permit. So please, don't try to force your modern cars into the event. If you do see modern cars in the event, you know it's highly likely they sneaked in and therefore didn't chip into to support the event.....

It's all about respect--we respect you and your cars and hope you respect what we are trying to do for you, your family, your friends, your City, and your disabled neighbors. We want to keep this Picnic going and FUN (and fair!) for everyone!